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Victorian returns from NSW with COVID-19

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A person who returned to Victoria after visiting the epicentre of Sydney's coronavirus outbreak has tested positive for the illness.

Their infection was acquired within the northern beaches area, Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on Tuesday.

"Close contacts are currently understood to be limited, with contact tracing underway and further investigations ongoing," it said.

"At this stage, there are no exposure sites but if this changes we will provide further updates."

Further details of the infected person have not been released.

Under current regulations, any Victorian who returns from Greater Sydney, including the northern beaches area, or the NSW Central Coast must get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

Victoria has shut its border to people travelling from Greater Sydney and the NSW Central Coast.

Local government area bubbles have been established on either side of the Victorian-NSW boundary to allow those in border communities to cross upon presentation of their driver's licence.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday said the border to NSW would remain closed for as long as Victorian chief health officer Brett Sutton believes is "proportionate and appropriate".

Anyone arriving at Melbourne Airport from Sydney who had just completed 14 days of hotel quarantine in NSW would not be required to repeat the process in Victoria, so long as they travel directly from the hotel to the airport while wearing a mask.

The NSW government announced 15 new locally transmitted cases on Monday, all were linked to the outbreak on the city's northern beaches, taking the total to 83 cases.

Meanwhile, Victoria on Tuesday reported its 53rd day without a locally-acquired coronavirus case.

There are now 11 active cases in Victoria, including two returned overseas travellers and the NSW case.

Some 15,521 coronavirus tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

© AAP 2020

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